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Four killed in plane crash at Wichita airport

A small plane appears to have lost power and crashed into a building shortly after takeoff at an airport in Kansas.

Democrats invoke race in Southern Senate races

Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington.

New York, New Jersey look back 2 years after Sandy

Many houses, boardwalks, and businesses have been rebuilt, but many people are still unable to return to their homes.

Fewer grizzly bears dying in Yellowstone area

Fewer threatened grizzly bears are being killed in and around Yellowstone National Park, and scientists said Wednesday their numbers appear to be holding stable.

Ohio bill inspired by fake ice bucket challenge

A bill that would require prison time for many felony crimes against the disabled or elderly was inspired by a fake ice-bucket challenge.

Red Cross faulted for response to Isaac, Sandy

The American Red Cross often seemed more focused on public relations than on helping storm victims, according to a report.

D.C. powerful gather to salute Ben Bradlee

The legendary Washington Post editor helped force out a president and transformed US journalism.

Ebola may be slowing in Liberia, WHO says

There had been a drop in the number of burials in Liberia and no increases in laboratory-confirmed cases, one official said.

Slithering lava sends Hawaii residents from homes

The lava was about 280 yards from the main road in Pahoa, the commercial center of Puna, a mostly agricultural district on the Big Island.

Israeli leader lashes back at harsh US criticism

Israel’s prime minister vowed to carry on with his policies despite the vitriolic rhetoric aimed at him.

Witnesses say Florida A&M hazing suspect led ritual on bus

The Florida A&M band member being tried on hazing charges in the death of a drum major was the ring leader and decided who could participate in the initiation ritual.

Girls’ jihadi quest stirs Muslim communities’ fear

The strange journey of three suburban Denver girls has many in their close-knit east African community worried about whether their own children will be lured to terror.

Nurse says she may sue Maine over quarantine

Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, vowed to end her voluntary quarantine.

Casino servers settle lawsuit over skimpy uniforms

The uniforms were short black dresses with deep open backs. Older servers said they were told they had to audition for their jobs in the new costumes.

California drought takes bite out of rice harvest

California’s deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that’s bad news for farmers, migratory birds, and sushi lovers.

Russians deliver space station cargo after US flop

ATLANTIC, Va. — The company behind the dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure and is warning residents to avoid any potentially hazardous wreckage.

Aid groups scrambling to get help on Ebola front lines

Controlling the disease in West Africa is heavily dependent on nonprofit organizations and their volunteers.

Police: Man decapitates mother, is killed by train

Patricia Ward, a 66-year-old college professor, was killed Tuesday night in her Farmingdale apartment.

Lone North Dakota abortion clinic halts medication abortions

Surgical abortions were still being provided, the clinic’s director said.

Ben Bradlee is remembered at funeral in Washington

The legendary Washington Post editor helped force out a president and transformed US journalism.

Hagel OK’s 21-day quarantine for troops back from Africa

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called it a ‘‘safety valve’’ sought by military members’ families.

Lava threatens homes in Hawaii

At least 50 or 60 structures are in an area that officials warn will likely be hit by the slow-moving lava flow.

Not guilty pleas entered for alleged Indiana serial killer

The former Marine is charged with murder in the strangulation deaths of two women and is suspected of killing five others.

21-day Ebola quarantine for US troops approved

All US troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa will be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days.

N.Y. police probing for link between woman’s killing, train death

Authorities are investigating whether the killing of a woman and the nearby death of a man struck by a train are connected.

Texas policeman who asked to smell woman’s feet arrested

Authorities believe an officer who pulled over a motorist and then asked to smell her feet may have made similar demands of others.

Known feline hoarder found with 150 cats in N.Y. home

The home is owned by a woman who along with her sister was stopped four years ago by police who discovered 77 cats in their cars.

Michigan family with 12 sons expecting baby No. 13

The family is sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they’re having a boy or girl.

US to increase security at some federal buildings

Security will be increased at various federal government buildings in Washington and other major American cities.

Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

Southern Baptist leaders said they will express their views in a way that was humble and compassionate.

California shooting suspects arraigned

Prosecutors filed murder charges Tuesday against two Utah residents in the slayings of two California sheriff’s deputies.

Hospital releases Dallas nurse treated for Ebola

A Dallas nurse whose Ebola diagnosis and airline trips elevated public concerns that the virus could spread in the United States was discharged from a hospital here on Tuesday.

Amid criticism, Cuomo softens tone in outline of Ebola plan

The Cuomo administration has issued guidelines that go beyond federal recommendations but seek to allow individuals to spend their enforced isolation in a location of their choosing.

Rikers corruption spurs NYC shake-up

Three high-ranking officials, including the top uniformed officer, are stepping down.

Rocket explodes immediately after launch in Virginia

The rocket was headed to the International Space Station to deliver supplies.

Prosecutor: Former band member organized hazing

Dante Martin faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty in the death of Robert Champion, who was from Decatur, Ga.

River of lava crackles, creeps toward Hawaii town

After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava crept within yards of a home in a Big Island community on Tuesday.

Cyanide searches found on poison suspect’s laptop

The searches found on Dr. Robert Ferrante’s laptop occurred days before test results on Dr. Autumn Klein’s blood revealed a fatal level of cyanide.

Police: New Mexico deputy kills fleeing colleague

Jeremy Martin, 29, was pronounced dead at MountainView Regional Medical Center, and detectives were interviewing the other deputy, Tai Chan, 27.

N.Y. derailment blamed on engineer’s sleepiness

The sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train causing a derailment last year that killed four people.

Police: Truck driver saw train before collision

A Chicago-bound Amtrak train collided with a semi-truck Tuesday morning in northwestern Indiana.

Unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch

The rocket was headed to the International Space Station to deliver supplies.

US can’t shy away from Ebola fight, Obama says

President Obama said in afternoon remarks that the response to Ebola needs to be sensible and ‘‘based on science.’’

Nurse quarantined in N.J. over Ebola fears now in Maine

Kaci Hickox is seeking time to decompress at an undisclosed location in Maine, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Schools fret over Michael Brown shooting grand jury announcement

School officials are asking a prosecutor to wait until classes are not in session to announce whether Darren Wilson will face charges.

Two shot outside N.C. courthouse

The victims received non-life-threatening wounds and police were searching for two suspects.

2nd nurse who had Ebola released from hospital

Amber Vinson is now virus-free, and was celebrated by her caregivers in Atlanta as courageous and passionate.

Hazmat workers labor to make officials’ reassurances real

As public officials sought to quell fear among New Yorkers about Dr. Craig Spencer, an Ebola patient, cleanup crews worked in the trenches.

Democratic attack ads aim to save Senate majority

The commercials in New Hampshire, Iowa, Louisiana, and elsewhere appear aimed at older voters.

Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination

The Judicial Council ruled a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer.